Preparing Your Home and Yourself for Major Renovations
Friday, November 23, 2018
You have finally decided to take the plunge. A major home renovation can be a stressful endeavour, but it will pay off. Even if a contractor is doing most of the work, there is still a lot to consider. Before any work is done, develop a plan so that you and your family can still live comfortably while your home goes through a transformation.
You have finally decided to take the plunge. A major home renovation can be a stressful endeavour, but it will pay off. Even if a contractor is doing most of the work, there is still a lot to consider. Before any work is done, develop a plan so that you and your family can still live comfortably while your home goes through a transformation. Let this guide help you:
Prepare Yourself and Your Family
When and What?
There is a season for everything, and some projects are better done in a particular season over another. Painting, deck building, and other exterior projects are best to do during warmer months. Roofing is best left to the middle of summer when there is usually a long stretch of dry weather. Interior projects can typically be done throughout the year since the weather is not a factor for them. If you can, avoid using a contractor during their busiest seasons. For example, do repairs on your chimney or furnace during the summer.
Should You Stay or Go?
An extensive renovation will require several weeks of work. This may seem like the ideal time to go on a vacation, but unless you have a friend or relative who can supervise your reno, it may not be the best decision. Nothing compares to being able to see and touch your ongoing renovations or talking to your contractor in-person.
Talking to the little ones
Your children will either be excited by the changes or be upset about it. Those that become upset do so because they feel like the world around them is changing. Others might get caught up in the thrill of it and enjoy the changes going on around them. Either way, talk to your little ones the process in general and stress the positive outcome - whether that be a new pool, larger living area, new floors, etc. - not the destruction.
You will likely not have to tell your neighbours about your renovations unless the project is along the property line like a fence. Or, if you live in a condo, you may need to get approval from the condo board. It is a nice gesture to give your neighbours a heads up about your remodelling plans, so they are not taken aback by any disruptions.
Prepare your Home
Before your contractor's team arrives at your home, you should clear out the rooms that will be worked on. Contractors will usually charge a fee if you want them to do it for you. Store furniture in a spare room or arrange to have it stored elsewhere. Wrap up fragile items in bubble wrap and keep them away from the work zone.
For large projects, contractors will usually bring portable toilets for their workers. But, for smaller projects, they will likely not order alternative toilets. It is up to you whether you allow workers to use yours. Talk to your contractor about where in your home workers can be so that everyone is on the same page.
Talking with Your Contractor
Before the project starts, you will establish lines of communication with your contractor through phone calls, texts, emails, and in-person. You are likely not your contractor's only client, so it is unreasonable to expect them to return your messages within minutes. Give them a day to answer calls or texts and a few days for emails regarding documents.
Your contractor will apply for permits and see it through the duration of the project. Contractors have built rapport with staff in permitting offices and understand the process well.
More work means more money. There could be unforeseen complications, or you may ask to change something, which could also result in more work for your contractor. Keeping changes to a minimum will keep costs down. This is why it is crucial to talk thoroughly with your contractor about your expectation before construction starts.
Dealing with Delays
Nobody likes delays - you want your home back to yourself as soon as possible, and your contractor wants to move onto other jobs. The timeframe for the project should be in the contract you signed, but changes can slow things down. Plan out your remodel in advance and understand what parts could take longer.
Being well-prepared before the start of your major renovation will help you get your home
back faster and simplify the process. The professionals at Home Reno Direct will make sure your project is seen through efficiently and keep you in the loop throughout. Call us
today for all of your home renovation
needs - big or small.